My visual works are drawing and printmaking investigations into the lines, shapes, and patterns of language. These works are methodically reconstructed as language architectures and territories of abstraction. I choose handwriting as an unfixed drawing practice to show the interchangeable links between reading and seeing.
书写图像，绘画，木炭、贴纸、石墨、墨水、精选纸张，76 x 63cm，2022
Writing Pictures, drawing, charcoal, stickers, graphite, ink, selected papers, 76 x 63cm, 2022
Through these works, the image of language is posed as a malleable unfixed subject that inhabits each picture plane, projecting and passing through layers of knotting and tangling text. With text traversing the picture plane, it is this action which evolves into each work’s overlapping scrim and screen.
情书和诗，绘画，石墨、蜡颜料、胶带、精选纸张，93 x 68 x 4cm，2021
Love Letters and Poems, drawing, graphite, wax pigment, tape, selected papers, 93 x 68 x 4cm, 2021
Ian Cross received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2004, with a specialization in printmaking and drawing. He then taught at the OSU printmaking Department from 2005 to 2009, where he provided instruction in all disciplines for the intro to printmaking coursework.
At the end of 2012, Ian founded the Ian Cross Studio & Press (IC Works On Paper). The studio’s creative practices blend traditional printmaking as an entry point for producing experimental works on paper.